The National Cherry Blossom Festival seeks friendly, cooperative and reliable volunteers ages 18 or older to assist with the festival, including attendee interaction at the Tidal Basin and signature events; setup and break down; and site maintenance. The festival is scheduled for March 20 to April 27. 202-661-7595, volunteer@

STRIVE DC, a non profit job readiness program, seeks volunteers to assist in fundraising, book keeping and data entry. Location: 715 I St. NE. Contact Christine Hartwright at 202-484-1264 or

Academy of Hope seeks tutors to help Ward 6 residents, ages 16-25, work on their reading, writing, social studies, science or math in order to pass the GED. Some college is preferred; training provided. Commitment: 1 hour 1 day a week. Contact Amy Sawyer at 202-484-1264 or,

Reading Partners, an early intervention literacy program, seeks volunteers to to tutor elementary school students who are reading below grade level. Opportunities available Monday-Thursday from 8:30 a.m.-6 p.m. at various locations in Ft. Totten, Anacostia, Congress Heights, Columbia Heights, Thomas Circle, Edgewood, Trinidad, Brightwood. No experience necessary. Commitment: 1 hour per week during school hours. Contact Melanie Chavez at 202-701-9110,,

People Animals Love (PAL) has several volunteer needs for its After-School Club at Stanton Elementary in Southeast, which teaches kids animal-friendly behavior and animal kingdom curricula. Needed are tutors, field trip chaperones, classroom decorators and student/parent liasions. Contact John Davidson at 202-966-2171 or

 Gracious Arts Program (AGAP) seeks volunteers to assist teachers and staff in their work with underprivileged youth in Southeast DC. Volunteers with experience in dance, drama, art, music and photography are especially needed. Contact Joan L. Sapp, program director, at 202-321-6502,


Court Appointed Special Advocate (CASA)/Prince George's County will host an information session for prospective volunteers, age 21 and older, from 6-7:30 p.m. March 14 at the City of Hyattsville Municipal Building, 4310 Gallatin St. Volunteers must spend at least 10 hours per month visiting children living in foster care and helping to ensure their needs are met. Call 301-209-0491,

The Green Thumbs, a volunteer group, seeks gardeners of all ages and skill levels to lend a hand in the Accokeek Foundation’s museum garden and the National Colonial Farm kitchen garden. The group will meet from 9 a.m.-noon March 15 and 17 and the first and third Thursdays of each month throughout the growing season. Water and snacks provided. Catherine Krikstan, stewardship coordinator, 301-283-
2113 x26 or

Hospice of the Chesapeake will host an open house for prospective volunteers from 10 a.m.-noon March 24 at their offices at 8724 Jericho City Dr., Landover. Registration required. Julie Medlin, volunteer coordinator, 301-499-4500 or

Jug Bay Wetlands Sanctuary is in need of volunteers to help pick up trash and clean up the riverfront at Hill’s Bridge, a popular fishing and paddling location. Bring work gloves and wear shoes for muddy conditions. Meet 9 a.m.-noon March 31 at Patuxent Wetland Park, 1598 Southern Maryland Blvd., Lothian. 410-741-9330.

Jug Bay Wetlands Sanctuary will host a training workshop for those interested in becoming canoe guides on April 1 from 2-4 p.m. Opportunities open to experienced older teens or adults. 410-741-9330.

The American Red Cross Greater Chesapeake and Potomac Blood Services Region seeks friendly and professional volunteers to assist blood-collection staff members at blood drives. Responsibilities include greeting donors, providing reading materials and offering refreshments. A one-hour training session is provided. Commitment: four- to six-hour shifts during drives across the Washington area. Call 800-272-0094, Ext. 1, or e-mail

Greenbelt Arts Center needs two female actors, age 40 to 45 and age 20, to play lead roles in its upcoming production of “The Graduate.” Unpaid roles, requires some nudity. Director Jeffery Lesniak, or 301-441-8770.

The Greater Bowie Chamber of Commerce invites Bowie residents or Bowie High School students to apply for its Youth Leadership Bowie program, which exposes youth to potential career opportunities through site visits, lectures and informal discussions, and teaches leadership and problem-solving techniques. Applications due May 4. 301-262-0920, or

Seat Pleasant Volunteer Fire Company and the Boy Scouts of America seek youths ages 14-20 with an interest in firefighting and emergency services to sign up for its local Fire/EMS Explorers program. Students will develop leadership skills by training for basic firefighting operations as well as play a vital role in community outreach. Contact Phil Martin at 301-836-1957 or Nicole Bennett, lead recruiter, at 240-706-7708 or visit

 Community Advocates for Family and Youth is in need of bilingual volunteers to assist those who have survived traumatic crimes. Administrative support and mail assistance is also needed. Location: 9201 Basil Ct., Suite 160, Largo. Lizet Porter, volunteer coordinator, 301-390-4092,,

 The Heart of America Foundation seeks detailed-oriented volunteers to help arrange and prepare the books in its warehouse, which is used by children who have limited access to books. Duties include heavy lifting and/or bending. Commitment: full day or half day Monday-Friday. Location: 2270 Beaver Rd., Landover. Renae Pepe at

The Partnership for Animal Welfare needs volunteers to foster homeless dogs and cats, provide transportation to vet appointments and handle animals at adoption shows. For information, go to or leave a message at 301-572-4729.

 Hospice of the Chesapeake is seeking volunteers who are bilingual and/or American Sign Language interpreters to assist patients and staff. Call 301-499-4500.

Hospice of Chesapeake seeks warm, caring individuals who enjoy cooking to prepare home-cooked meals for patients at the Mandarin Inpatient Care Center in Harwood. Training provided. Contact Kathy Bourgard, director of volunteers, at 443-837-1549 or

 Jefferson Patterson Park and Museum is recruiting docents for next year. A 10-week training course will be offered 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Wednesdays, beginning Jan. 18. Topics include introduction to archaeology, the War of 1812 and general information about the park. Tuition and fees, $15. Call 410-586-8501 or visit

 Feathers and Friends Wildlife Rehab Center needs volunteers for a variety of tasks. Joan Dunn, 301-

 St. Mary’s County Historical Society is looking for volunteers to help in the office, library, archives, bookstore, Old Jail Museum and gardens, as well as with lectures, school programs and special events. No experience is necessary. Susan Wolfe, 301-475-2467.

Hospice of St. Mary’s needs volunteers to help with patient care, administrative work, cooking at Hospice House, bereavement and fundraising. Training is required. Contact Katy Crowell, 301-994-3075 or

 Annmarie Sculpture Garden & Arts Center needs volunteers for its gift shop, welcome desk and special events. Crystal Seay, 410-326-4640, or

 Center for Children, an outpatient mental health clinic for children and adults, needs mentors 21 and older for youths ages 4 to 18 with a parent in prison, on probation or on parole. The center is seeking minority men to be mentors. The program helps young people with emotional support, academics, life skills and character development. The center is also seeking Southern Maryland children of prisoners to participate. Call Sharon Groves, 301-753-4002, Ext. 130. The center’s supervised visitation program also needs volunteers to monitor court-ordered visits between noncustodial parents and their children. A background check is conducted; training is provided. Call Ann Seely, 301-753-4002, Ext. 129.

 Calvert County Historical Society needs volunteers to help inventory and transcribe records and plan events at historic Linden House, 70 Church Circle, Prince Frederick. 410-535-2452 or

 St. Mary’s Animal Welfare League needs foster homes, board members and volunteers to help with socializing animals, publicity, fundraisers and adoption events. 301-373-5659.

 Birthright of Prince Frederick needs volunteers to work with pregnant women at its center on Steeple Chase Drive, Prince Frederick. Bari-tennette McKinley at 410-257-1402.

 Piney Point Lighthouse Museum and Historic Park needs volunteers to assist with group tours, weekend visitors, special events, children’s activities, the gardens and museum store. 301-994-1471 or

 Three Oaks Center, a shelter for homeless men, needs volunteer monitors 8 a.m.-noon or noon-4 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays. Volunteers are asked to commit to at least one shift a month at the Lexington Park shelter. Training is provided. Ruben Berry at 301-863-9535.

Melwood has several volunteer needs including equestrian program, summer camp, and day support. Location: 5605 Dower House Rd., Upper Marlboro. Call 301-599-2724 or email, Check website for full list of opportunties,

Hospice of the Chesapeake seeks volunteers with 4-wheel drive vehicles to assist staff during inclement weather. Volunteers must provide proof of auto insurance and pass a criminal background check. Call 301-499-4500 or


Fairfax Court Appointed Special Advocates will hold an information session for people interested in becoming advocates for abused or neglected children. 11 a.m.-noon March 17, at the Burke Centre Library, 5935 Freds Oak Rd., Burke. 703-273-3526, Ext. 22, or e-mail

The Literacy Council of Northern Virginia needs tutors to help adults improve reading and writing skills. Tutors are trained, matched with a student and encouraged to meet with the student weekly for 90 minutes. No teaching or foreign language skills are required. Training will be 9:30 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturday and March 10, at the James Lee Community Center, 2855 Annandale Rd., Falls Church. Both sessions are required. A $40 training fee covers books, other materials and instruction. 703-237-0866, Ext. 111,,

The Dogue Hollow Wildlife Sanctuary in Lorton needs a volunteer with carpentry skills to do enclosure maintenance and repair, four to six hours a month. Volunteers are also needed to help with cleaning and feeding the wildlife, 9 a.m.-1 p.m., one or more days per week. Volunteers must be 18 or older. 703-690-2168,,

The Assistance League of Northern Virginia needs volunteers to pack supplemental food bags for three Title 1 schools in Northern Virginia, 10 a.m. March 15, Sully District Police Station, 4900 Stonecroft Blvd., Chantilly. Linda, 703-591-2312,

American Red Cross Blood Services is in need of greeters and refreshment volunteers. Training provided. 800-272-0094, Ext. 1 or

 CrisisLink needs volunteers to call elderly and homebound clients; a four-hour training is provided. Volunteers are also needed to answer the crisis hot line; a 60-hour training is provided, and session starts next month. 703-516-6778 or

Alexandria Tutoring Consortium needs literacy skills tutors for first grade. Must work once or twice a week through May. Training and lesson plans provided. Call 703-549-6670, Ext. 119, or go to

SCAN of Northern Virginia needs volunteers to play with children of parents attending classes. 703-820-9001 or

Virginia Hospital Center needs volunteers to assist patients and visitors and to help in the nonprofit gift shops. 703-558-640

Brent Place Family Resource Center needs a resource volunteer. 703-370-6180

Fairfax County’s Meals on Wheels needs a volunteer group coordinator for the Fairfax area. Duties include accepting referrals by phone, client orientation over the phone and communication with meal providers. Volunteer Solutions, 703-324-5406,,

 Rebuild Warehouse needs volunteers to help in the warehouse and office and with picking up donated materials. The nonprofit organization sells reclaimed building materials, trains hard-to-place workers in “green collar jobs” and educates the community in affordable ways to live more sustainably. The warehouse is in Springfield. Training is available, and hours are flexible. 703-280-1719.

Inova Fairfax Hospital needs volunteers to work in one of the hospital’s three on-site gift shops. The stores are open daily. Day, evening and weekend shifts are available. 703-776-3470,

 The Northern Virginia Long Term Care Ombudsman Program needs volunteers to advocate for the rights of residents in nursing homes and assisted living facilities, to help resolve conflicts and to improve the quality of life for the residents. A commitment of four hours a week for one year is required. Training and support are provided. 703-324-5861,

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